NYC Teen Author Festival: Into the Wilds

Over 100 authors. The New York Public Library, Indie Bookstores, and Barnes & Noble. The 10th annual NYC Teen Author Festival is here, with panels, readings, and our mega-signing at Books of Wonder as the grand finale.  Come be a part of New York City’s biggest YA event.  All events are free to the public, though book purchases are STRONGLY encouraged. Seating is first come, first served.


Cathleen Bell is the author of Slipping and Little Blog on the Prairie, and a co-author of The Amanda Project. She received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two children.

Rhoda Belleza was raised in Los Angeles, where she grew up writing X-Files fanfiction and stuffing her face with avocados. She’s a children’s editor at a publishing house and writes from a sunny Brooklyn apartment stuffed with far too many bikes and far too many shoes. When she’s not writing, Rhoda obsesses over nail art tutorials, watches kung fu movies, and sews together crooked things that pass for clothes. Empress of a Thousand Skies is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter @rhodabee.

Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Schusterman are the collaborative authors of The Pros of Cons, on sale this month from Scholastic. 

Alexandra Monir is an author of young adult novels. Her debut, Timeless, was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month and was followed by Timekeeper, the sequel, Suspicion, and The Girl in the Picture. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. To learn more about Alexandra, visit her online at

Melissa Ostrom teaches English at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. Her short fiction has been published in several literary magazines. The Beloved Wild is her YA debut. She lives in western New York with her family.

Sarah Nicole Smetana received her BFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University and her MFA in Fiction from the New School. Originally from Orange, California, she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their three-legged cat. Visit her online at

Kaitlin Ward is the author of the young adult novels GIRL IN A BAD PLACE and BLEEDING EARTH. She grew up on a dairy farm in New Hampshire, studied animal science at Cornell University, and settled back in her hometown with her husband and son. She co-founded the well-known blog YA Highway and can be found at

moderator: Kass Morgan

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Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

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